The idea that one may be racist without knowing it is particularly pernicious, yet anyone challenging the idea may be dismissed as simply expressing “white privilege”. It’s a cheap intellectual trap designed to fleece the naive. Unfortunately, schools are hiring these snake-oil salesmen to provide continued professional development.
While most of these measures, from curriculum alterations to teacher training, are no doubt put in place by well-intentioned heads wanting to be seen to be doing the right thing, they risk stoking up racial tensions where there were little or none to begin with, causing potentially long-term harm to vulnerable young people. Schools could also breach the 1996 Education Act by failing to maintain political neutrality.